Creamy, delicious, indulgent, Southern Mashed Potatoes. After eating two plates full of these potatoes the day after Thanksgiving, I might have positively begged my friend Stephanie for the recipe.
Yep, they’re that good. Thankfully, she was willing to share and these potatoes are now a staple at our house right along with our Cornbread Sausage Stuffing!
Southern Style Mashed Potatoes
Are these homemade mashed potatoes indulgent? Sure. It’s the holidays! Nearly all of us indulge in something at this time of the year. For many, this time of the year means eating more sweets than normal; but for me, it means allowing myself to eat a plate -or two- of these deliciously creamy Southern Mashed Potatoes.
Most of the recipes on my websites are quite crunchy and very colorful, nearly two requirements for the foods I eat regularly. However, special occasions like Thanksgiving and the holidays call for exceptional recipes – and if they can be made ahead of time, even better!
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What goes in them?
So back to these incredibly tasty mashed potatoes. They are quite rich since they are made with butter, half and half, and cream cheese; but they never disappoint when entertaining.
Naturally, you’ll want a bit of onion, a few cloves of garlic, and chives for the top. All of this comes together to make perfect mashed potatoes.
How to Prep the Potatoes
While mashed potatoes tend to be a labor-intensive side dish, a few years now I’ve prepped them ahead of time by washing, peeling and chopping them a few days ahead of cooking and storing them in the fridge in a large bowl covered with water. This way the potatoes don’t brown while waiting to be cooked, and it eliminates a lot of work the day you want to eat the potatoes.
Of course, you can make this recipe two days before you need it and then warm it in the oven before serving. Doing this has made a big difference in my celebrations. One of the things I enjoy most about this side dish, besides eating it, is “taste testing” the mashed potatoes to check if they need a little bit more salt. Do you do this?
I remember four years ago, while 8 months pregnant with my third child, being in front of the stove “testing” these mashed potatoes. My husband still talks about “that one time I ate half the pot of mashed potatoes before Thanksgiving” -what can I say, I have my weaknesses. For some it’s chocolate, for me, it’s creamy mashed potatoes.
Another version of these potatoes that Stephanie kindly shared is to brown some bacon in the pan before sautéing the onions and using the bacon fat to cook down the onions.
As you can imagine, we typically go for a long walk around our neighborhood after this big meal; the kids ride their bikes, and it gives us the opportunity to walk down these mashed potatoes while having terrific family conversations.
What are some of the ways you keep you and your family healthy after indulging during the holidays?Print